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didn't it get like two hours on BBC3 last year with the majority of nominees playing a live track?
like it has been the last few years?
with a special 'extended' version which lumps on an extra 30 mins friday.
they need to cut corners on 'niche' output so they can save up for next time Jeremy Clarkson decides to lauch a caravan into space.
Sadly he won't be seen dead for at least 20 years...
nobody outside of the music industry and a few fans really gives a fuck.
Last year they had Amy Winehouse on - there's no one performing this year who the majority of their audience will ever have heard of.
Radiohead won't turn up, will they?
is really really niche and probably pulls in a few thousand viewers only, but they still show stuff like that.
Mind you at least there'll be less of Jo Whiley and Conor McNicholas now to put up with.
on bbc3 at the same time it's a six hour countdown of three pints of largers all time funniest moments.
i wish this was true
its a boring awards ceremony. Shirley its a blessing that its only been given half an hour?
they're streaming it online
NOT IN MY NAME
Can't see anything on their website about how to watch it aside from on BBC2.
and get your arse out to a gig instead. For instance, the Virgins at the Dublin Castle.
and southend doesnt offer up a better option than bunkering down with books and telly.
but I take your point about money. And Southend.
And Flight of the Conchords is on. RESULT!
maybe because the mercurys only exist so a bunch of clueless media types know what to get their mates for christmas to keep their 'cool' intact
it's a chance for a really great album (seldom seen kid) to get a bit more recognition for a group of chaps who seem very nice, and, by the sounds of it, poured thair hearts and souls into making it.
i'm really only bothered about the mercury this year because i want elbow to win so much.
I was really looking forward to this, because it's become an annual thing that I watch with other people, where we guess who's going to win. And it's my birthday and I got shit presents, and the whole Burial thing adds some excitement to it all.
This is an example of BBC's recent trend of showing programs like Culture Show and Jools Holland at 10 pm, then extended additions on Friday at midnight, or whenever. But they're not really extended versions, they're the correct 1 hour program, as they were for years, so the first showing is a cut down version, made especially to lure in fucking young people.
But God is it confusing, more confusing than how it was just explained. Because the first showing of Jools Holland is live and I'm sure they show some songs on that half hour addition that they don't on the Friday addition.
Coupled with the new 'youthful' design of BBC Three; those hateful Youtube inspired bits before a program starts where some ordinary person comes on and acts like a fanny, and the Lily Allen show which is obsessed with the most inane bullshit, and it's so easy to hate BBC's blatant attempts to appeal to the young. Because we're all fucking morons, aren't we.
And BBC Switch.
And getting rid of Top of The Pops.
It's being streamed online? That's no good! This was an opportunity to..get away from my pc and watch the telly.
I am genuinely annoyed.
Because waiting till Friday is pointless since I'll know the winner. The build up and wait to find out the winner is what makes it what it is; not knowing who'll win makes it what it is; seeing acts I'd not usually care about makes it what it is.
I'm listening to Strokes' Barely Legal, but it's not doing anything.
can't say i'm really a fan of much of the music involved, but it's entertaining nonetheless. I just can't believe that they've got so much content to put out that they can't spare a couple of hours on BBC Three. Fuck's sake, BBC Three is pretty much the archetype of the "filling dead air with as little material as possible" brand of television. They devoted about 10 hours last week to the "Most Annoying Celebrity Couples" show. I mean, in the name of all fuck
It's just another branch of the great BBC yoof dumbing down mission, a witless attempt to appeal to the dribbling fucktards who want more of the T4/E4 axis of retardation, but with a Beeb flava. Yeah, well done BBC. Fuck "giving people what they should watch", just give em more of the same patronising effluence
if Burial plays live well I say live I'm hopig its adance troop or the hyperdub house band where they all wear suits with hoodies on them.
Adele and Estelle with Edith Bowman wittering on? No thanks.
I totally agree with Aszx, considering the Man Whose Moobs Exploded wank they show on BBC3 for most of the week - and, by fuck, The Wrong Door is disappointing too - they could have shoved the live ceremony on there and given Two Pints repeats a break.
At least I'll be at the ceremony, albeit trying to work out which one's Burial...ooh, is that Kieran Hebden on Table 14?
Last year's was dismal and managed to miss The Twilight Sad. This year has at least got Elbow, Radiohead, Burial, Laura Marling, BSP, Neon Neon etc.
Unlike film boards, which have had a respected reputation for being able to identify talent in film-making, music awards don't have any meaning any more.
The musicians aren't being awarded for their musical skills (playing), they're being awarded for whether or not a panel of 'judges' enjoys the music they're writing.
Isn't that what a lot of film awards are like?
i very rarely agree with wrightlew to be honest, (i dont trust people who listen to the same music as my dad)
but the words "hit" "nail" & "head" spring to mind reading this post
the sound was really bad, and the ceremony wasn't that exciting. Mainly the sound was bad and all the bands looked like they were pissing themselves in fear. Cutting it to half an hour and the audience won't notice as much.
a shite and fuckin irrelevant award???
that any thread on it on here gets a fair few replies. It clearly provokes debate if nothing else, so it can't be wholly irrelevant.
he still puts his name at the end of everything
are clutching at the wrong end of the pole..this wasn't some passionate address about how the mercury music prize is an important fixture and deserves to be given a weighty time slot.
this was purely...i've got fuck all to do tonight...oh wait...the mercurys might stave off the boredom for an hour or two... it might be nice to see a few decent bands play...i hope elbow win....i like them, the album is amazing and put a tenner on when they were 7/1.....then...oh shit...it's only half an hour and they've filled up bbc3 with cack.
who gives a shit if the panel are worthy or posess a 'respected reputation for being able to identify talent'. just see it as a load of hacks getting together and arguing over what, in their opinion, was the best british album of the year. no more, no less. is that really such a bad thing? god knows i don't want to sit through the combined gurns of whiley and holland, but still, it's an odd little do dah with some decent bands/ albums in the running. that be it.